10-day Adventure Program in Historical Armenia /Hiking, Climbing, Caving - SEASON 2013

Hot Tour 2

This program is really adventurous. Mt Aragats's 4-peaks ascent in a day, top-rope climbing in Noravanq canyon and more. Go for it if you want to get an unforgettable impression from sunny Armenia.

 

Type – Day pack hiking/rock climbing/caving

Duration – 10 days, 9 nights

Start and end point – Yerevan

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Itinerary description

 

Type – Day pack hiking/rock climbing/caving

Duration – 10 days, 9 nights

Start and end point Yerevan

 

Monastery Saghmosvanq was built in 13thc and is comprised of four buildings. The main church is St. Syon, adjacent to it you can find the vestibule, church St. Astvatsatsin, the library and a chapel. Earthquakes exposed it to great damage, though later it regained its original appearance after restoration.

Fortress Amberd was a medieval citadel. It was built in the 7th c., 7km north to village Byurakan on the southern slope of Mount Aragats at a height of 2300m on the joint of the rivers Arqashen and Amberd.

Nowadays you can witness the bath-house, the ruins of the castle, small chapel and some other buildings. Church Amberd was built by Vahram Pahlavouni in 1026 and is a cross-domed beautiful church.

Mount Aragats, an impressive stratovolcano situated 40 km north-west from the capital Yerevan,  is the highest mountain in Armenia. There are four summits, North (the highest, 4090m), West (4080m), South (3879m) and East (3916m) that form the rim of a volcanic crater. Between South and East summits the crater wall is broken, and a stream flows down to Aragats village. Between the three other summits there are high saddles with breathtaking views.

Lake Kari is located on the slope of Mount Aragats, 3207m above sea level. There is a Cosmic Rays Research Laboratory on its western side.

Monastery Haghartsin is hostage to vast forests in Idjevan mount range, 18km away from Dilijan town. The complex was built in 10-13th cc. 'Haghartsin' means ‘dance of eagles’. The current view of the monastery is the outcome of the architectural expressions delivered by various masters during three centuries. The main cathedral St. Astvatsatsin was built in 1281. The spacious refectory is comprised of two halls. Here you will sink into great tranquility, your heart and soul harmonious with the divine site and the peaceful nature.

Dilijan is a resort town on the right bank of Aghstev River, surrounded by Minor Caucasus Mountains and heavenly conifer forests. The town is 110 km away from Yerevan, at 1250-1500m above sea level. The town and the surroundings are called ‘Dilijan’ National Preserve. The mild climate, the healing mountain air, mineral springs architectural monuments are the triumphant incentives for visiting the area.

 

Ijevan used to be one of the cities on the Silk Road and was an inn for numerous traders, hence the name of the city: Ijevan or Caravanserai(meaning ‘inn’ in Persian). Ijevan is famous as a carpet-making and wine-making center. Hidden from a man's eye in an inaccessible place not far from Ijevan the caves of Lastiver are located. In the Middle Ages, during the Tatar-Mongolian invasions the caves of Lastiver served as a hiding-place for the village inhabitants. The waterfalls of Lastiver are considered wonders of Nature.

Lake Sevan is the biggest and highest freshwater lakes in Caucasus and is at 1900 m above sea level. There are 28 rivers pouring into it and Hrazdan River springs from it. The beauty of the lake can be most admired from the peninsula, with two 9thc marvelous churches crowning it.

Selim Pass(2410m) - Selim caravanserai (meaning ‘inn’) which is one of the prominent monuments of civil architecture of medieval Armenia was built under Chesar Orbelian in 1332.

Noravank monastery was founded in 1216 by Bishop Hovhannes, the former Abbot of Vahanavank. It is located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by Darichay river, in the proximity of the city of Yeghegnadzor. Ruins of various civil buildings and khachkars are found both inside and outside of the compound walls. Noravank was the residence of the Orbelian princes. The architect Siranes and the remarkable miniature painter and sculptor Momik worked here in the latter part of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century. Noravank is one of the most remarkable monasteries in Armenia, nestled among red-tinted rocks.

Bears Cave is located in Vayots Dzor district south-east from Yerevan, 5km away from Noravanq church complex. You will admire the impeccable beauty of the stalactites in the cave and the emerging view.

In village Areni there is a famous winery in the cellars of which you can taste the most famous sort of wines in the best quality the wines can ever be offered.

Monastery Khor Virap is located at the border with Turkey haloed by Mount Ararat in the background. The monastery is related with the spread of Christianity as religion and now serves as pilgrimage site with its famous legends-adorned pit, where Gregory the Illuminator spent 13 years.

 

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DAY 1   Arrival

Program

v     Arrival in Yerevan at the Zvartnots Airport

v     Passport control, issuing of visas

v     Check-in at a Hotel

v     Yerevan sightseeing tour (included our new exclusive tour to "Avan Salt Plant" factory) 

v     Overnight in the hotel in Yerevan

 

 

 

DAY 2    Acclimatization day: monastery Saghmosavanq, fortress Hamberd, Kari lake on the slopes of Mt Aragats 

Program

v     Driving to the monastery Saghmosavanq

v     Driving to Amberd fortress

v     Driving to Kari lake (3200m) 

v     Overnight in the camp near the lake

 

 DAY 3     Climbing the four peaks of the Mt Aragats

Program

v     Hiking up to the North peak (4090m)

v     Hiking up to the East peak(3916m)

v     Hiking up to the West peak(4080m)

v     Hiking up to the South peak(3879m)

v     Hiking back to the Kari lake camp

v     Overnight in the camp

 

 

 DAY 4     Monastery Haghartsin, town Dilijan

Program

v     Driving to the monastery Haghartsin

v     Driving to town Dilijan

v     Overnight at a hotel in Dilijan

 

 

 

 

DAY 5   Village Haghartsin, approach to  Ijevan Mt. range

Program

v     Driving to the village Haghartsin

v     Hiking up to the slopes of the range

v     Getting to the camp on the slopes

v     Overnight in the camp

 

DAY 6   Passing Ijevan Mt. range

v     Hiking up to the pass

v     Hiking down to the camp side

v     Overnight in the camp

 

DAY 7  Cloister Okun, Lastiver

Program

v     Hiking to the cloister Okun, Lastiver dwelling caves

v     Overnight in the hotel

 

 

DAY 8   Bus trip, top-rope rock climbing in the Noravanq canyon

Program

v     Driving through city Ijevan to lake Sevan, then along the lake to the south of Armenia

v     Driving to Selim pass (2410m), Selim carvan-saray

v     Driving to Noravanq canyon, top-rope climbing 20m high routes

v     Driving to Noravanq monastery

v     Overnight in the camp

 

 

 

DAY 9  Bears’ cave, Areni vine factory, Khor Vihrap monastery, Yerevan

Program

v     Driving south to the bears’ cave, Caving

v     Driving to Areni wine factory

v     Driving to Monastery Khor Vihrap

v     Driving back to Yerevan

v     Overnight in the hotel in Yerevan

 

 

DAY 10   Departure  

Transfer from the hotel and departure

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